WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 20, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Congressman Leonard Boswell (IA-3) today announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $511,146 to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Greater Des Moines to help serve homeless Veterans.
“Homelessness among our veterans is a serious issue and this funding will help very low-income Veterans with their transition to permanent housing situations,” Boswell said. “I congratulate the YMCA of Greater Des Moines on their award and thank them for their continued work serving our community and our Veterans.”
The funding will provide a daily average of 12 beds for homeless Veterans utilizing a ‘Transition in Place’ housing model in an effort to promote increased housing stabilization.
The award is part of more than $28 million in grants to fund 38 projects in 25 states and the District of Columbia to provide temporary housing to homeless Veterans through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. GPD helps to close gaps in available housing for the nation’s most vulnerable homeless Veterans, including women with children, Indian tribal populations, and Veterans with substance use and mental health issues. Community-based programs funded by GPD provide homeless Veterans with support services and housing.